UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to Visit Central African Republic Amid

Rabat – As violence has greatly escalated between Muslim and Christian militias in the Central African Republic, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is expected to pay a visit to the country on October 24, reported AFP.The UN chief said in an interview with AFP and Radio France International that his visit is a “gesture of solidarity with the peacekeepers working in one of the most dangerous environments.”Guterres’ visit to the Central African Republic will be his first as part of a peacekeeping mission after taking office in January 1. However, the Secretary General repeatedly visited the country as former head of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The visit, which will coincide with United Nations Day, comes at a time when the UN is facing anunstable financial situation as the United States pushes for cost-cutting in its peacekeeping programs.Guterres has said that US President Donald Trump’s proposed measures would create an “unsolvable problem” for the international body.UN in CARThe UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)  has maintained over 12,500 troops and police in the country’s hotspots since September 2014.MINUSCAis intended tohelp protect noncombatants and offer support to the government of CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera following concerns over the country’s “security, humanitarian, human rights, and political crisis.”Morocco is one of the many countries that contributed peacekeepers to help bring stability in the conflict-stricken nation, and has called for a surge in the number of peacekeepers in the area.In September, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, warned against the rise of conflict in the African country and the “ethnic and religious nature” of the ongoing violence in Bangassou during a meeting held in New York at the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC).The minister also lauded MINUSCA’s performance on the ground, paying a special tribute to all peacekeepers, including the Moroccan officers, who perished while on duty.In July, three Moroccan blue helmets were killed by armed men belonging to to the Anti-Balaka militia. To date, eight Moroccan peacekeepers have died in the Central African Republic since 2015. read more

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Air Force has not ruled out acquiring JF17 from Pakistan

The Air Force says nothing has been ruled out and all options are still being looked into and JF-17 still remains an option.Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Chandima Alwis told The Sunday Leader that Sri Lanka is in need of new jets to be on par with the changing world. Sharif’s visit to Colombo followed a mid-November visit to Pakistan by Sri Lanka Air Force commander Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinhala during which the JF-17 was showcased by the Pakistanis. Immediately after the visit AM Bulathsinhala was invited to send an evaluation team of technicians and pilots to PAC’s Kamra facilities near Islamabad, where the JF-17 is produced.At present the Air Force, according to the Janes Defence Weekly, rely on the Israel Aircraft Industries Kfir, which served as the workhorse of the Air Force ground attack operations during the war.Currently the JF-17 is flown only by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), with the first squadron of Block 1 aircraft becoming operational in 2010. In late December 2015, PAC rolled out the 16th of a planned total of 50 Block 2 aircraft to complete the PAF’s fourth JF-17 squadron in service. The Sri Lanka Air Force says it has not ruled out acquiring JF-17 Thunder Aircraft from Pakistan and that no final decision has been made on the matter.A much publicized matter when Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was visiting Sri Lanka recently was that Sri Lanka was to sign a deal to purchase JF-17 Thunder Aircraft from Pakistan. However no such agreement was signed and the Indian media later reported that the deal was suspended owing to pressure from India. He said that a final decision had never been taken on the JF-17 Thunder Aircraft even at the time Nawaz Sharif was in Sri Lanka.“We have a requirement to improve our fleet and we are studying various options. The Air Force had never informed the Ministry of Defence that we would like to go for the JF-17 so there was never a final decision to purchase the jets when the Pakistan Prime Minister was in Sri Lanka,” he said.However the highly respected defence magazine ‘Janes Defence Weekly’ had reported that following the first export deal for its JF-17 multirole fighter to Myanmar, Pakistan was expected to be pushing hard for a follow-up agreement with Sri Lanka that would mark an important step in further extending its defence co-operation footprint in the Indian Ocean region. The report said that efforts to secure an agreement in principle for the sale of the JF-17 Thunder was expected to be high on the agenda during the visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to Sri Lanka. Phasing out its older Dassault Mirage III/5s and Chinese F-7Ps fighters, the PAF reportedly plans to induct at least 250 JF-17s. By contrast, China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) does not fly the JF-17.Captain Chandima Alwis said that Sri Lanka needs to secure its airspace and so needs to have jets with advanced technology even if there is no war.He said that the jets in the Air Force fleet are maintained and flown in order to ensure they are in good condition and ready to be thrown into operation if the need arises.Among the countries the Sri Lanka Air Force is looking to acquire new jets is India, the Air Force spokesman added.The Janes Defence Weekly reported that diplomatic and political pressure by India is believed to have stalled the Sri Lankan Air Force plans to procure the JF-17 Thunder fighters from Pakistan. (Colombo Gazette) JF-17 Thunder is a third-generation fighter co-produced by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC). read more

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Football Ohio State releases conference schedules for 2020 and 2021

Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Big Ten schedules for the next four seasons were released Tuesday, nearly completing Ohio State’s full schedules up to 2021. A pair of nonconference matchups in 2020 and 2021 remain the only two yet-to-be determined opponents for the Buckeyes.Ohio State will only play games on Saturdays for every game announced through 2027, unlike 2017 when Ohio State had opened up on the road against Indiana on a Thursday. And in 2021, Ohio State’s first game will be on the road against Big Ten opponent Minnesota, the team’s only scheduled conference matchup to start a season. Nebraska is scheduled to play Ohio State every year from last season’s matchup in Columbus and 2021, marking six straight seasons the two teams will match up against one another. Ohio State won last season’s game 62-3 and is scheduled to travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 14.Ohio State also will play host to Iowa in 2020, which will be the Hawkeyes’ second visit to Columbus since 2013.Upcoming Schedules2018 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 1 – Oregon StateSept. 8 – RutgersSept. 15 – vs. TCU*Sept. 22 – Tulane Sept. 29 – at Penn StateOct. 6 – IndianaOct. 13 – MinnesotaOct. 20 – at PurdueOct. 27 – Off Nov. 3 – NebraskaNov. 10 – at Michigan StateNov. 17 – at MarylandNov. 24 – MichiganDec. 1 – Big Ten Championship Game *AT&T Stadium; North Dallas 2019 Ohio State Football ScheduleAug. 31 – Florida Atlantic Sept. 7 – Cincinnati Sept. 14 – at IndianaSept. 21 – Miami (Ohio) Sept. 28 – at NebraskaOct. 5 – Michigan StateOct. 12 – OffOct. 19 – at NorthwesternOct. 26 – WisconsinNov. 2 – Off Nov. 9 – MarylandNov. 16 – at RutgersNov. 23 – Penn StateNov. 30 – at MichiganDec. 7 – Big Ten Championship Game2020 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 5 – Bowling Green Sept. 12 – at OregonSept. 19 – TBDSept. 26 – RutgersOct. 3 – OffOct. 10 – Iowa Oct. 17 – at Michigan StateOct. 24 – at Penn StateOct. 31 – NebraskaNov. 7 – Indiana Nov. 14 – at Maryland Nov. 21 – at Illinois Nov. 28 – Michigan2021 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 4 – at MinnesotaSept. 11 – Oregon Sept. 18 – Tulsa Sept. 25 – TBDOct. 2 – at NebraskaOct. 9 – PurdueOct. 16 – OffOct. 23 – at RutgersOct. 30 – Michigan StateNov. 6 – at IndianaNov. 13 – MarylandNov. 20 – Penn State Nov. 27 – at Michigan read more

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Multotecs pinless screen panel fastening system that is growing in demand from

first_imgMultotec’s popular polyurethane Saddle Top screen frame system has evolved rapidly from an initial innovative design that made it possible to replace only the screen panel fastening holes on conventional runners – instead of replacing the complete runner – to a unique and revolutionary pinless panel fastening system that is growing in demand worldwide. The Multotec P3 pinless fastening system, the third generation offering in the company’s Saddle Top range and the result of ongoing panel design innovation, allows quick and simple panel maintenance, but also significantly reduces the wear of the rail system. Multotec P3 has evolved from the original round pin and sleeve approach, to the H-pins and H-sleeves that delivered superior downward forces to hold panels together and then to the H-system pinless fastening. This system builds on the H-sleeve concept and is compatible with existing tooling. It delivers effective hold-down forces and offers optimised installation and removal capabilities.“Wear is reduced to such an extent that rail systems incorporating our pinless fastening system can last up to five years, an achievement previously unheard of in the industry,” Multotec’s Anthony Yell says. “Although the initial investment in this proprietary system is more than that for conventional systems, the savings achieved in the long term greatly offset this outlay. The P3 combines all the benefits of the established Multotec SaddleTop system, including replaceable screen support surfaces, quick changeouts and interchangeability between existing and traditional fastening systems.”With the Multotec P3 system, only the panel and compatible saddle are required to fasten the screen to the deck. Fewer operations ensure more efficient maintenance and improved operator safety.“The P3 system ensures reliable operations in the field, building on the benefits of the established H-Pinning system, whereby adjacent panels are locked together to prevent gaps forming between panels,” Yell says. “This prevents the intrusion of damaging particles.”All Multotec modular 305 mm square panels are compatible with P3 pinning. The full range of apertures is available in Hi-Flow and standard configurations. Panels can be manufactured with skidbars, retarder bars, weirbars and deflectors.The Multotec Saddle Top Rail System is an engineered system which is purpose designed to suit the specific screening machine and screening application.Multotec has recently introduced injection moulded rubber screen panels, which provide alternatives in dry screening and fine separation sizes. “Rubber is excellent for impact and polyurethane for sliding abrasion so this gives us alternatives to suit specific screening applications,” Yell says.The company has made a significant investment in bringing the rubber injection moulding process on-site to manufacture its smaller aperture applications in a size range up to 20 mm in the standard and Hi-Flow screen ranges.Polywedge screen panelsMultotec’s Polywedge screen panels offer the advantage of polyurethane and wedgewire in a single modular product. Available in a standard 305 x 305 x 30 mm size, the Polywedge screen panel’s polyurethane frame is injection moulded and the wedgewire insert mechanically fastened into place. Wedgewire is available in a profile to suit light, medium or heavy duty applications, with the proven Multotec pin and sleeve fastening system used to secure the panels in place.“With an excellent open area, Polywedge screen panels are suited to harsh, abrasive applications, including dewatering and desliming in the coal processing industry,” Yell says.Polyurethane cast screening systemsMultotec’s cast polyurethane facility offers a wide range of products designed to suit the requirements of the mining and aggregate industry, including heavy duty modular screen panels, large bolt-down panels, polyurethane sievebends, liners, jig panels and accessories. All Multotec panels are designed with self-relieving apertures, allowing for unimpeded downward movement of sized particles.The company manufactures three types of cast polyurethane panels – Spaltoflex 120 mm x 120 mm injection moulded modules with slotted apertures cast into larger panels; Forsiplast 120 mm x 120 mm injection moulded modules with square apertures cast into larger panels and Losiplast loose cores used to cast panels with either square, slotted, round or teardrop shaped apertures.Heavy duty panels are manufactured in modular or bolt-down panels with fully embedded or semi-embedded frames in sizes to customers’ requirements, while the tensioned polyurethane panels are manufactured in a range of sizes, either in side or end tensioned units. They have a particularly live surface that reduces pegging and blinding and can be designed to be interchangeable with conventional woven wire screen cloth butwith vastly improved wear life.Yell says cast screening systems deliver important advantages, including long life owing to high wear resistance, precise sizing maintained for long periods, self-relieving apertures which reduce pegging and blinding, and a low noise factor. In addition, a full range of curved trommel panels are supplied with either integral or bolt-on scrolls in varying heights and thickness.Polyurethane flood and spray nozzlesMultotec Flood Nozzles, manufactured for screen applications from abrasion resistant polyurethane, reduce downtime and ensure constant, efficient operation. A single Flood Nozzle can replace up to three conventional spray nozzles by utilising a 90 or 120 degree angle. The orifice diameter for both standard sizes (heavy duty 18, 13 and 10 mm) facilitates uninterrupted flow by reducing blockage problems from contaminated water.Flood Nozzles can be mounted horizontally behind the pipe spray reducing the possibility of damage or loss, by positioning the nozzles out of the flow of the screen material.  They can also be mounted at an angle of up to45 degrees into the flow, to tumble material and to improve screening efficiency.Super Flood Nozzles (in sizes 370 mm X 645 mm and 250 mm X 420 mm) effectively replace conventional flood boxes, providing improved access to panels, while their low pressure, high volume water curtain eliminates blockages.Composite internal framesYell says there is a slow but definite move away from the use of internal steel panels in Multotec’s injection moulded 305 mm x 305 mm panels, in favour of composite frames. “Composite frames are lighter, more resilient and environmentally friendly,” he says. “They save up to 800 g per panel and have proved to give good panel support but at the same time being able to absorb impact as well. Based on these advantages weare changing out steel for this type of frame wherever possible, with no additional cost to the screen panel.”last_img read more

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Aéroports les scanners corporels sans danger pour la santé

first_imgAéroports : les scanners corporels sans danger pour la santéLes scanners corporels des aéroports américains ne sont pas dangereux pour la santé. Ceci est la conclusion d’une étude menée par une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université de Californie, parue hier dans les Archives of Internal Medicine.D’ici 2011, plus d’un millier de scanners corporels devraient être installés dans les aéroports américains. Comme pour l’imagerie médicale, ces appareils utilisent des rayons X afin de visualiser les objets dangereux pouvant être portés par les voyageurs. Si la directive a pour objectif d’améliorer la sécurité des passagers, certains craignent que les radiations ionisantes de l’appareil nuisent gravement à leur santé. Afin de rassurer les usagers assidus des transports aériens, une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université de Californie a mené une étude sur les risques de ces appareils. Les résultats ont révélé qu’ils ne présentaient aucun danger. L’étude parue hier dans les Archives of Internal Medicine explique que la quantité de radiation à laquelle un patient est exposé lors d’une radiographie dentaire équivaut à une cinquantaine de passages d’un voyageur à travers un scanner d’aéroport. La radio du poumon est quant à elle égale à 1.000 passages et la mammographie à 4.000 passages.Toujours selon l’étude, “les doses de radiation ionisantes émises par les scanners à rayon X sont extrêmement basses, si basses qu’on ne sait pas si elles ont le potentiel d’affecter la santé”. Cependant, même si ces doses sont insignifiantes, les chercheurs soulignent qu’avec 750 millions de passagers par an aux Etats-Unis, “même un risque ténu au niveau individuel peut se traduire par un nombre significatif de cancers”.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageLes scientifiques ont donc calculé que sur 100 millions de passagers qui auraient voyagé en tout 750 millions de fois dans l’année, six nouveaux cancers risquaient d’apparaître. Pour des voyageurs plus assidus, effectuant 10 vols de plus de six heures par semaine et par an, le nombre de cancers supplémentaires a été évalué à 10.Pour l’heure, 486 scanners corporels ont été déployés dans 78 aéroports américains.Le 29 mars 2011 à 10:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Plateforme dElgin pas de contamination directe selon lEcosse

first_imgPlateforme d’Elgin : pas de “contamination directe” selon l’EcosseMercredi, le gouvernement écossais a dévoilé les premiers résultats des analyses d’échantillons prélevés dans les environs de la plateforme d’Elgin victime d’une fuite de gaz. Ceux-ci ne montrent aucune “contamination directe” de la vie marine. Alors que Total assure depuis le début que l’incident survenu sur la plateforme d’Elgin n’aura qu’un “impact négligeable” sur l’environnement, l’Ecosse a donné les premiers résultats de ces analyses. Le 6 avril, le gouvernement a en effet décidé de dépêcher un bateau en mer du Nord afin de mener sa propre mission d’expertise. Le navire a ainsi prélevé des échantillons d’eau et de sédiments à quelques kilomètres de la plateforme Elgin qui ont ensuite été testés.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les premiers résultats obtenus semblent ainsi confirmer les dires de Total : “aucune contamination directe” de la vie marine n’a été détectée. “Les analyses rassemblées à ce jour montrent que les effets de la fuite de gaz d’Elgin sont à ce stade minimes”, a affirmé le ministre de l’Environnement écossais, Richard Lochhead. “Toutefois, comme la fuite se poursuit, nous devons rester vigilants et j’ai demandé à l’agence pour la mer Marine Scotland de poursuivre ses contrôles sur l’environnement”, a-t-il ajouté cité par l’AFP. Reste donc encore à attendre les résultats complets des analyses conduites sur les poissons qui devraient arriver la semaine prochaine.Parallèlement, Total poursuit les opérations pour stopper la fuite de gaz. Le groupe vient ainsi d’indiquer qu’une nouvelle équipe de 11 personnes était arrivée sur les lieux mercredi à la mi-journée dans le but de préparer les travaux de colmatage de la fuite. Le 6 avril, une première mission de reconnaissance envoyée sur la plateforme d’Elgin avait confirmé la faisabilité d’une intervention pour “tuer” le puits dont provient la fuite de gaz. En particulier, les experts avaient pu constater que la sécurité sur la plateforme était suffisante pour permettre aux équipes techniques d’intervenir. Un feu vert pour Total qui envisage deux actions pour arrêter la fuite de gaz : l’injection de boue et le forage de deux puits de secours.Le 20 avril 2012 à 11:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Berlin mayor Trump should contemplate history of wall

first_imgEurope woke up to the news of Donald Trump being elected president of the United States on Nov. 9. The day was also the 27th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; an irony that did not go unnoticed by many Europeans. Trump’s campaign pledge to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico had drawn harsh criticism.On Friday, Berlin Mayor Michael Müller became one of the most outspoken foreign critics of President Trump’s plans to build the wall. In a statement published on the city’s official website, Müller was quoted as saying: “We can simply not accept that all our historic experiences are being thrown into disarray by the ones we have to thank most for our freedom: the Americans. I call on the U.S. President to not go down this wrong track of isolation and exclusion.”American commitment to Berlin during the Cold War prevented the city from falling to East German control and eventually helped facilitate reunification following the fall of the Berlin Wall.President John F. Kennedy became an icon for Germans when he declared in 1963: “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner). In 1987, President Ronald Reagan famously addressed the Soviet Union leadership with the words: “Tear down this wall.”“For that reason I say: Dear Mr. President, don’t build this wall,” Müller said Friday in remarks which were directly addressed to Trump.last_img read more

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Mongolian Dairy Feeding Trial Produces Positive Results

first_imgASA/WISHH, along with its local partner V.E.T. Net, recently completed dairy feeding trials in Mongolia at the Mongolian Armed Forces livestock and Border Forces farms with positive results. Cows that were fed U.S. soybean meal had an increase in milk production from 4.52 to 5.34 liters per day/cow (an 18% increase) and experienced a 9% weight gain.  The feeding trial results will be shared with other military farms and used by V.E.T. Net with its continuing education courses and model herder dairies.The soybean meal was funded through the USDA Quality Samples Program, with technical support funding provided by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and USDA Market Access Program (MAP).Other components of the feeding trialincluded, a herd assessment test, with extensive training for veterinarians and herders on herd health plans, mastitis prevention, milking techniques and management of sick cows.ASA/WISHH and V.E.T. Net continue to look at new programs and activities to promote the use of soybean meal to the Mongolian livestock industry.last_img read more

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Yukon Quest racers drop off food gear for checkpoints

first_imgYukon Quest mushers have surpassed a major milestone in preparation for running next month’s race. Tons of race food and gear were dropped off over the weekend for shipping to checkpoints along the thousand mile route between Fairbanks and Whitehorse.Download AudioBrent Sass races to a first-place finish at the 2015 Yukon Quest. The 2016 race starts Feb 1. (Photo: Emily Russell/KNOM)Laura Neese decided she wanted to be a long-distance dog musher when she was 9 years old. Ten years later, after finishing high school early and earning a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology, she’s about to run her first 1,000-mile sled dog race.“I’m just excited to finally be here.”The 19-year-old rookie drove from Michigan to Fairbanks last week with fourteen dogs and one handler.In less than two weeks, Neese will join 23 other mushers on the Chena River in downtownFairbanks for the start of the 33rd Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race. She’s the youngest in the field.“My goals are to learn the trail, gain experience, since this is my first thousand mile race, and kind of work toward future years to become competitive.”On Saturday she dropped off a few dozen bags of race supplies at Summit Logistics. The bags contain everything she needs on the trail: extra booties and blankets, kibble, meat, and fat for the dogs, as well as food for herself.“I brought three different meals to each checkpoint for myself: pasta, tater tots with cheese, and Pizza Hut pizza.”She also added a local treat from her hometown, Ohio: “Buckeyes, the chocolate peanut butter cookies.”On Saturday afternoon, food started pouring in to the big parking lot off Van Horn. A steady stream of dog trucks and trailers pulled up filled with white mesh bags. Volunteers descended, grabbing bags, attaching labels, and stacking them on pallets destined for remote spots of Alaska and the Yukon: Central, Eagle, Pelly Crossing.There are nine checkpoints in the race where mushers can reload on these supplies. But some are as far as 200 miles apart. Everything they need in between has to go in their sled.“So, a pair of snowshoes, an ax, fuel, a cooker, sleeping bag. Anything for the dogs and musher to survive staying out there in the cold,” says race volunteer Marie Oleson. She’s signing in the mushers and overseeing the flow of baggage. As the day goes on, the piles grow taller and taller.Fairbanks musher Cody Strathe dropped off more than 3,000 pounds of gear. That’s 44 bags for himself, plus another 40 for his wife, Paige Drobny. They’ve both run the Quest before, but never in the same year.They spent the past two weeks cooking, cutting, bagging, and organizing food – in between training runs.“It’s a little hectic. Right now we sometimes wonder why we’re doing it but here in a week or two it’ll become clear again and it’ll be a lot of fun.”Their friends helped them put together the menu for the trail. Strathe is most excited about the little cheesecakes waiting for him along the way. There’s a special dessert for the dogs too.“We’ve got tripe. We’ve got salmon. We’ve got beaver meat. Actually, beaver meat’s probably the equivalent of cheesecake for them. It’s really rich. They eat it no matter what. They love it – it makes them happy.”That’s the most important part of long-distance racing, Strathe says. Keeping the runners happy.“Music is definitely a secret weapon. And this year we had a bunch of friends donate iPods that were all loaded up with music. So we’ve got an arsenal of good booty shakin’ and bluegrass and whatever else music. So we’ll be able to keep the morale high by keeping yourself happy. If you’re happy then the dogs are happy.”Volunteers wrapped the pallets in plastic wrap and divided them up by country – half the gear went in the back of a semi truck headed for the border. The rest was stored in a pair of Connexes.The mushers looked relieved as they drove off with empty trucks.The Yukon Quest starts in Fairbanks on February 6 at 11a.m.last_img read more

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Satoru Iwata Nintendos gamer president has died

first_imgEveryone is waking up this morning to some very sad and unexpected news. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s president, died at the age of 55 on July 11 due to a bile duct growth.We knew that Iwata was dealing with some health issues last year because he missed E3. Before the show Iwata told everyone he couldn’t attend because his doctors said he wasn’t allowed to travel. A couple of weeks after E3 it was revealed Iwata was having a tumor removed from his bile duct. He then returned to work and we all assumed a speedy recovery had occurred. That was clearly not the case.Nintendo confirmed his death in a short statement posted on their Japanese website. Bile duct cancer currently has no known cure beyond surgery to remove the primary tumor and any spread to other parts of the body. If this does not happen, or the cancer is only discovered in its advanced stage, then only management of the disease can occur with a short period of time before death.Iwata’s death has come as a shock to both Nintendo and the gaming world as a whole. Although in recent years we’ve been talking about the struggles of the Wii U and Nintendo’s difficulties in terms of competing with mobile gaming, we can’t forget the achievements of the company under the guidance of Satoru Iwata.Iwata was the first Nintendo president who is no relation to the Yamauchi family and held the position for 13 years. During that time he introduced the unique dual-screen Nintendo DS and subsequent 3DS successor, shook up the console market with the motion-controlled Wii, and has also directly worked on Zelda, Mario, Pokemon, and the Animal Crossing games. Before joining Nintendo in the 1980s as a programmer he worked at HAL Laboratory, with Balloon Fight, Earthbound, and Kirby games all benefiting from his involvement.Satoru Iwata’s funeral service will be held on July 17. Our thoughts are with his wife Kayoko and those that worked closely with him throughout his career in the games industry.We’ll end with one of Iwata’s most famous quotes, which sums him up perfectly:“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.“last_img read more

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Wolves found to be more cooperative with their own kind than dogs

first_img More information: Sarah Marshall-Pescini et al. Importance of a species’ socioecology: Wolves outperform dogs in a conspecific cooperation task, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1709027114AbstractA number of domestication hypotheses suggest that dogs have acquired a more tolerant temperament than wolves, promoting cooperative interactions with humans and conspecifics. This selection process has been proposed to resemble the one responsible for our own greater cooperative inclinations in comparison with our closest living relatives. However, the socioecology of wolves and dogs, with the former relying more heavily on cooperative activities, predicts that at least with conspecifics, wolves should cooperate better than dogs. Here we tested similarly raised wolves and dogs in a cooperative string-pulling task with conspecifics and found that wolves outperformed dogs, despite comparable levels of interest in the task. Whereas wolves coordinated their actions so as to simultaneously pull the rope ends, leading to success, dogs pulled the ropes in alternate moments, thereby never succeeding. Indeed in dog dyads it was also less likely that both members simultaneously engaged in other manipulative behaviors on the apparatus. Different conflict-management strategies are likely responsible for these results, with dogs’ avoidance of potential competition over the apparatus constraining their capacity to coordinate actions. Wolves, in contrast, did not hesitate to manipulate the ropes simultaneously, and once cooperation was initiated, rapidly learned to coordinate in more complex conditions as well. Social dynamics (rank and affiliation) played a key role in success rates. Results call those domestication hypotheses that suggest dogs evolved greater cooperative inclinations into question, and rather support the idea that dogs’ and wolves’ different social ecologies played a role in affecting their capacity for conspecific cooperation and communication. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the Wolf Science Center and the Comparative Cognition, Messerli Research Institute, both part of the Medical University of Vienna, has found that packs of wolves behave more cooperatively among themselves than do groups of dogs. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes how they tested both groups of animals at their research institute and what they found by doing so. As the researchers note, the consensus among scientists is that dogs are more social than wolves because they have been bred over multiple generations to be social with humans. But do those social skills apply to cooperation with other dogs? That was the question that motivated the researchers to set up an experiment to compare the two groups in a contrived social setting.To test the degree of cooperation of members of a wolf pack or group of dogs, the researchers set up an apparatus that allowed two animals to work together to gain access to a food reward. To obtain a bowl of food, both animals had to tug on separate ropes at the same time—in short, they had to cooperate for the benefit of both.The researchers ran the experiment hundreds of times with multiple pairs of dogs and wolves and then tallied the results. They found that dogs were not good at cooperating to gain a meal—out of 472 tries, the dogs succeeded in getting their reward just two times. The wolves, on the other hand, were much better, getting their reward 100 times out of 416 tries.The researchers noted that the wolves did best when paired with familiar partners that also held the same “rank” in the pack. In watching how the animals went about their task, the researchers found that the wolves were much more willing to approach the food bowl together, rather than one waiting for the other. With dogs, the researchers note, the one that is dominant usually goes first, otherwise fighting erupts. The researchers suggest that by approaching the bowl together, the wolves were able to see more clearly what needed to be done to get their food reward.The researchers suggest that while dogs have clearly learned to be more social and cooperative with humans over the years, they appear to be less so with other dogs. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Sensitivity to inequity is in wolves’ and dogs’ blood wolves working at a cooperative rope-pulling test. Credit: Rooobert Bayer (Wolf Science Center, Ernstbrunn, Austria).center_img Explore further © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Wolves found to be more cooperative with their own kind than dogs with theirs (2017, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-wolves-cooperative-kind-dogs.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Wild boar rescued from Playa del Carmen overpass

first_imgThe boar was taken to the fire station and eventually handed over to a veterinarian who evaluated and found that it had several bone fractures and broken tusks from being hit by a vehicle. The boar was moved to the Xcaret park for treatment and recovery. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Both municipal officials and firemen were able to easily capture it since it suffered injuries to its body and legs. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A wild boar has been rescued from the busy streets of Playa del Carmen when it was reported wandering after being hit by a vehicle. Eyewitnesses called the Playa del Carmen fire department to rescue the small animal after it appeared injured. The boar was found on a vehicle overpass at the height of the CTM Avenue. last_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:All together, boys Are you ready for some fútbol? God save our gracious Queen (and San Keylor too) The blue skies (and waves) of summer Costa Rica’s National Men’s Soccer Team, or La Sele, headed off to England today en route to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Fresh from its3-0 victory over Northern Ireland yesterday, the team will take on England Thursday night at Elland Road in Leeds, then Belgium in Brussels on June 11.Once these friendlies are complete, the team will travel from Brussels to Russia to prepare for the World Cup, where it will face off against Serbia, Brazil and Switzerland in the first round of play.Read more: http://ticotimes.net/2017/11/17/world-cup-2018-whos-lurking-behind-the-usual-suspectsWould you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgMobility is set to positively affect the aviation industry over the next decade, according to information technology company, Unisys. Unisys Asia Pacific head of aviation Sury Chavali said mobility will make for more efficient and flexible operations within the industry and will impact the customer’s overall experience. “The rapid take-up of mobile devices has not only changed the way people want to interact and access information related to their travel,” the head of aviation said. “It also enables airports and airlines to make greater use of mobile devices to better manage their businesses by untethering employees from their desks, sharing key information more quickly, and replacing paper-based processes to drive efficiencies and increase revenues.” Engagement, management and effective monitoring of real-time data involved in running the airport will adapt more mobile solutions according to Unisys. “The magic of mobility… offers the possibility for airlines and airports to completely rethink their business processes and the way they offer services so they can change the customer’s experience and run the airport more efficiently,” Mr Chavali said. In addition to his statements, Mr Chavali outlined five predicted benefits to be yielded from the integration of mobile technologies into airport operations.Smartphones will be used to efficiently manage and monitor changing data.Irregular events will managed through the use of smartphones.Airport security staff will become more mobile.Roaming check-in via tablet enabled applications.Speedier baggage alerts through the use of mobile devices. Unisys will be showcasing solutions at the Airports Council International Asia Pacific Regional Assembly between 22-25 May, 2012 in Singapore. Image Source: Tnooz Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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